About Benno Jones

I am a semi-professional photographer living in West Seattle, Washington. Over the last 15 years I have explored many kinds of photography while developing a personal style based on elements such as selective focus, blurred movement, and the abstraction of natural objects through macro photography.

During this journey, I have utilized a variety of film formats, including 35 mm, medium formats including 6x6, 6x9 and 6x17, large formats including 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10, and most recently have moved into digital SLR photography utilizing a LensBaby lens to simulate the selective focus that characterized my large format work, As well, some digital images have been treated using imaging software to achieve my desired effects when a different lens made the most sense for the image capture. Most of these formats are represented in the photographs presented on this website.

During most of my career, I have focused on natural subjects, but in 2012 I decided to look for a new challenge.  I have been a fan of auto racing since my father, Robert F. Jones,  started writing about it for Sports Illustrated in the late 1960’s.  I was fortunate during his years at SI to meet and occasionally assist photographers such as Heinz Kluetmeier, Bill Eppridge and Steven Green-Armytage.  I decided to take the personal style I had developed on mostly immobile natural objects and see how I could adapt that style to the high-speed environment of auto racing.  The first two galleries of this site show the results, both of cars in motion and abstracts made of cars on display.

In 2001, I was fortunate to shoot pictures for my father’s book Gone To The Dogs: Life With My Canine Companions. Sadly, he died of pancreatic cancer before finishing the text, but my mother, Louise Jones, finished the book, alternating chapters between what he had written and her own work.

I hope you enjoy the images presented here.  Thanks for visiting.